It’s approaching November time which means the Winter Cons are just around the corner! Once again I’ll be joining a whole host of creative, British talent at 2012′s November Comica Comiket, and you know it’s going to be good!
The fools at the Bishopsgate Institute have, once more agreed to let us all loose on their very lovely premises, on Saturday 10th November. So let’s hear those pennies jingling and let’s make a big, arty mess!
As usual there will be a whole host of weird and wonderful works available, as well as the fantastic drawing parade where those talented little beans will be bringing their art to life before your very eyes.
I’m there will half a table of fun, including not only the regular offenders, but the debut of my new short along with limited edition prints and plushies!
No excuse people! Let’s get in the mood for Comics!!
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What are you doing on Sunday 23rd September?
I’ll tell you what you’re doing. You’re coming to have a coffee with me in Bristol. We’re going to an awesome place in Stokescroft called Cafe Kino which not only sells ace cakes, decent coffee and wicked food, but also is seriously supportive of all things arty (I went there once to hear a talk from Tom Gould of The Gigantic Robot and Goliath fame. No lie!)
Oh I’m also going to be selling some stuff. Did I mention that?
Yep, it’s time, once again, for a zine fair, this time in the Wonderous West Country as organised by the fantastic Bearpit Zines. And it’s free entry so you really don’t have an excuse.
It’s on all day so pop on by, have a coffee and pick up some more wicked artwork. You know you want to. Everyone does. FACT.
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Those little stars at Broken frontier have, yet again, been sniffing out plenty of small press magic to release into the world of cyberspace and, for the second time this year, my name has popped up on their list of favourites!
The very kind Andy Oliver (author of the review of Tick, which can be found here) has sniffed out a copy of Rumble too, and has graced his column just as much kind praise for this one as he did before!
Along with me, he’s been exploring the exceedingly witty and ever-so-silly worlds of Philippa Rice, Donya Todd and Sally-Anne Hickman among others, so get on there and get introduced to some of the UK’s small press finest! (And me!)
Stunned and beaming, I honestly don’t know what I’ve done to deserve such incredibly glowing feedback from the guys at BF, there’s no doubt about it, their excitement and passion for all things comics, and for my work too makes me a very happy little illustrator!
What a lift, just in time for the IAPF! I’m so ready to get my convention on!
Thanks guys, keep doing what you’re doing, the site rocks and I couldn’t be prouder to be apart of it.
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After the Success of last years IAPF, the brave souls orchestrating the whole, glorious event have decided to bring it back to life, this year at Conway Hall in London.
The International Alternative Press Festival boasts a wide and impressive collection of comics, fanzines, prints and works from all over the UK and Europe, tying them together with a series of fun, informative workshops, talks and events and, of course, stalls and book fairs across the two days.
The Workshops are looking ace this year, from drawing with ink classes to bookmaking and felt-craft as well as a series of events taking place in both Gosh! Comics and Orbital in the run up to the grand opening.
I’ll be there with a host of other small press guys, selling my books, zines, prints and general creative bits and pieces to you lovely lot.
So take a break from the Sporting world of Olympic fever and curl up with a good comic. Let’s Get our Creative On!
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It gives me great pleasure to announce that my work has, once more, found it’s way into the streets of London. Not this time in the form of a convention, but instead nestled amongst the book shelves of no less than two of the Big City’s best indie comic shops. You can now witness my books playing their part in the great game of Capitalism (and pick up a small press gem or two while you’re at it) in the doors of both Orbital and Gosh! near Leicester Square.
In amongst the walls and walls of both Big name and indie magic at Orbital, you can now find Tick, The Day I Met a Fatty, Rumble and Bears: Don’t Like ‘em, all ready to be leafed through, creased up and generally damaged by your very own fair hands in that exuberant, real life shop experience the internet can only dream of emulating.
And if you’re lucky enough to pass through the doors of Gosh! Comics, into their haven of artbooks and graphic novels, you can now also discover Tick, Rumble and Bears, all eagerly awaiting the mucky fingers and hungry browse of the general public.
And even if not for me, I would like to take a moment to suggest that you do check both these places out. They’re both wonderful examples of everything that’s right with the comics market and both house an absolutely astonishing selection. If you’re all about the pants over trousers big names of Marvel et al, I would say Orbital offers a genuinely awesome display of comics in their stereotypical sense, while still making way for the slightly more obscure interpretation of the term, with a host of exciting zines and books in their Side Rooms.
And if it’s the niche, artsy market that turns you on, Gosh!’s ground floor showcases a very tasty variety of approaches to the idea of comics, with their floppies and trade selection displayed loud and proud in their basement shelves.
So next time you’re in The City, check ‘em out and get leafing through something special. Heed this warning though, both stores house very powerful back holes. You may escape only to find half of your day has been sucked in and destroyed within the pages of beautiful artwork and compelling narratives.
Such is Life.
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Once more Broken Frontier are Tick-lovin’ and shouting it from the digital rooftops of the interwebs. They too have caught wind of the totally awesome shop we’ve just set up and have been helping to spread the word both on their site and via Twitter.
Many thanks to the guys, whose very kind words can be found here for your viewing pleasure. You know, incase you need just a little more persuasion as to why you should visit the store.
Other than it’s totally awesome.
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The grand opening is here!
No more struggling along with Internet banking, we are ecstatic to announce the online shop is now open for all your comics and zine needs! Yes, no longer must you sit, face pressed against the computer screen in awe and a pool of your own dribble. No more must you lust desperately after the Bagley collection, only to be cruelly separated by the excessive effort of emailing me your details. No more must you dig out that ridiculous banking device that feels like it fell out of a Phillip K Dick story from the drawer of things you don’t really trust or understand. Oh no!
Now, all these lovely books can now be yours from the comfort of your cushy swivel chair.
The payments are handled via Paypal, so it couldn’t be easier. My shiny merch can now be all yours at the click of a mouse!
Finally you too can be the proud owner of the whole collection, there’s no excuse, get over there and have a browse.
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I’m pleased to say that following my appearance at Comiket a few weeks back, I’ve had the pleasure of a having a number of emails sent my way from people I met there. One such was from the lovely Andy Oliver at Broken Frontier; an online comics and graphic novel community site.
Following the event, Andy wanted to run some reviews in his small press column and decided that I would be one of the lucky few who would get a shout, something I was dead chuffed to be apart of, considering the vast number of contributors at the event.
So here you are, the review is complete and now happily roaming the web in all it’s glory, sharing the love from the con Small Press style. AND, they’ve also been good enough to pop me on their homepage too, which is even more of a nice surprise!
A big thank you to Andy for all the kind words, I’m so pleased that my work has had such a wonderful response and am truly honoured to be one of the lucky few he thought to review! Especially alongside the wickedly charming Philippa Rice and brilliant Dan Berry; both of whom I’ve collected work from at conventions before as a visitor, oddly enough.
And, while we’re on the topic of my work being plugged, I thought I’d quickly mention the guys at Accent UK.
For the first time at Comiket, I was finally able to meet Dave West face to face, after months of emailing each other. He’d read a copy of Tick a year or so ago and had also had some very kind words to say about it. At the time, he’d been busy working with Steve Holder on Robot Shorts: Owners Workshop manual; a brilliant collection of robotic tales that, conveniently for me, was to include a little space at the back for new blood on the scene. Dave had decided that Tick fit the bill, and thus this little gem of a pin up is hiding in the back of the book!
I don’t think he looks too shabby if I do say so myself!
The book is an ace little compendium of anything and everything robotic, with engaging short stories that I can’t get enough of. Massive repect to Dave West, Steve Holder and everyone at Accent UK for all their hard work in creating such a brilliant collection! I highly suggest you check it out here, there really is something for everybody within those pages.
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Well it may be a little tardy, but better late than never eh?
Yes, finally I’m able to bring you the word from Comiket last week, and can I just say what a frickin awesome day it was. Along with the debut of my Brand New Zines: Rumble and Bears, I was once again selling Tick and The Day I met a Fatty, as well as some brand new handcrafts, including prints, greetings cards and hand sewn sock creatures (of course).
I was lucky enough to be positioned right in centre of the Grand Hall, with an awesome view of the drawing parade, where we were treated to live drawing performances from some to notch illustrators such as Tom Gould, Louis Roskosch and Phillipa Rice, to name a few of my favourites. Although I was right in the middle of the buzz, I couldn’t really get a chance to explore as much as I’d wanted to, but from my station I could see a phenomenal wealth of talent around me. Not just in the big boys, but the other Small Press exhibitors had some outstanding work on display too. Due to my being chained to my stall, unfortunately I can’t bring you too much in the way of new discoveries, but I highly recommend that you have a quick scroll through the lists of exhibitors on the Comiket Website as there was definitely some to quality talent on show last week.
And I didn’t do too badly either! I met some truly fantastic people from literally all walks of life, all brought together by the magic of comics, and all the variants of meaning that word can have. I thoroughly hope that each and every one of you that picked something up from my little table has enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed the day and hopefully I’ll see you all at the next one!
If any body is interested in getting their hands on any of my work, sock animals included, don’t hestitate to get in touch. I’m hoping to have the Shop a la me in action soon, but until then just leave a comment or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Fancy another peek at the rapidly growing table of wares for Comiket?
I’ve been busy in the print rooms again, this time working with the Lino Cut Press to bring you a plethora of limited edition prints and hand printed greetings cards.
It’s going to be a good one on April 21st, so make sure you’re there!